Silence, Solitude, Solidarity, Service
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.
The members of Contemplative Outreach of Greater Wichita, Kansas seek the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and others. We offer and recommend prayer groups, retreats and events that support the contemplative life in the midst of ordinary life.
Centering Prayer is based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt: 6:6): "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."
It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including the Desert Fathers and Mothers, John Cassian, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Thomas Merton.
The method is taken from the 14th Century book, The Cloud of Unknowing
, written by an anonymous Carthusian monk.
Events, Retreats, Workshops
A Silent Retreat: The Carthusian Experience
Thurs., Nov. 17--Sun., Nov. 20, 2016 -- Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS
Do you desire liberty, peace and joy? Consider the way of Saint Bruno and the Carthusian Order as a manner of retreating…even for a few days. Discover God, or better yet, let God discover you!
During the days of this silent retreat we will follow the manner of life of the Carthusians. The Carthusian Order was founded by Saint Bruno in 1084 and at present is composed of about 450 monks and nuns who live a solitary life at the heart of the Church. Retreatants will consecrate these days entirely to prayer and seeking God in the secret of their hearts. They will intercede for the Church and for the salvation of the whole world. The time in retreat will balance between silence and solitude found in one’s room or in chapel, prayer in common and in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and common celebration of the Mass in a more contemplative manner. Facilitated by Father Ken VanHaverbeke.
Registration is $225 single, $195 double. Contact the Spiritual Life Center online, or by phone at 316-744-0167.
Encountering God's Word: An Introduction to Lectio Divina
Fri., Jan. 13--Sun., Jan. 15, 2017 -- Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS
Deepen your relationship with God by personally encountering his Word.
Lectio Divina is an ancient way of praying with Word of God used for more than 1,500 years by Benedictine monks throughout the world. Based on four movements or phases, those who pray in this way read, reflect, reverence and rest with God’s Word. Different then studying the Bible, Lectio Divina teaches us how to deepen our relationship with God through personal encounters with the Word! Our retreat master will be Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB, a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. Father Brendan currently serves as the President-Rector of Conception Seminary College, the college seminary at which a number of seminarians for the Diocese of Wichita study.
Contact the Spiritual Life Center online, or by phone at 316-744-0167.
Resources: Learn the Prayer of Silence
Where to Pray
- Mondays, 9:30-11:00 am: Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, optional sharing and inspirational video at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E 45th St N, Bel Aire, KS. Contact the Center here, 316-744-0167, or contact Mary Seitz: 316-253-8296.
- Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm: 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, enrichment and optional sharing time. Meets in the Agape Center in the Richert House at Bethel College, 300 27th St., North Newton. Agape is located on the south edge of the campus between Bethel College Mennonite Church and the Fine Arts Center. Contact Nathan Koontz, 620-662-9385.
- Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm: Centering Prayer, with two sits and a meditative walk in between, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 123 N. Andover Rd., Andover, KS. Meets in the Catacombs (basement stairs by main entrance). Contact Sharon Gash: 316-214-1971.
- 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm: Centering Prayer, sharing, and enrichment with a DVD by Fr. William Meninger or Fr. Thomas Keating, both from St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, CO. At The Wichita Center (Adorers of the Blood of Christ Convent), 1165 SW Blvd., Wichita. Contact Shirley Bessette: 316-806-4068.
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